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Hot Weather Forces Opening of Cooling Centers

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REGION (WGGB) — Cooling centers are opening across the area, as temperatures climb into the 90′s.

Forecasts indicate that the region is heading into its third heat wave of the season. With hot temperatures and the elevated humidity, the heat index could make it feel like it’s over 100 degrees.

The National Weather Service has put a heat advisory in effect until 8:00 p.m. Friday.

The City of Springfield, and its Department of Health and Human Services, have announced the following locations will be open as cooling centers:

  • Pine Point Senior Center, 335 Berkshire Avenue
    Friday, July 5, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Springfield Public Library – Brightwood Branch, 359 Plainfield Street
    Friday, July 5, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Springfield Public Library – East Springfield Branch, 21 Osborne Terrace
    Friday, July 5, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Springfield Public Library – Mason Square Branch, 765 State Street
    Friday, July 5, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Springfield Public Library – Pine Point Branch, 204 Boston Road
    Friday, July 5, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Springfield Public Library – Forest Park Branch, 380 Belmont Avenue
    Saturday, July 6, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
  • Springfield Public Library – Liberty Street Branch, 773 Liberty Street
    Saturday, July 6, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Springfield Public Library – Indian Orchard Branch, 44 Oak Street
    Saturday, July 6, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Springfield Public Library – Sixteen Acres Branch, 1187 Parker Street
    Saturday, July 6, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Officials are warning that heat stress can be dangerous to many, particularly the elderly and those with medical issues, and precautions should be taken to protect yourself from the hot weather.

Also, in Franklin County, the Shelburne Senior Center at 7 Main Street is open and available as a cooling center for anyone of any age to seek relief from the heat. The center will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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